Knoxville, Tenn. – Franklin Mayor Ken More was named the 2018 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League at their 79th Annual Conference in Knoxville.
Mayor Moore accepts Mayor of the Year AwardEach year since 1954, the Tennessee Municipal League has honored a city mayor that typifies the attributes of intelligence, effectiveness, hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. To honor his service to his community both as an elected leader and medical professional, TML is proud to announce Franklin Mayor Ken Moore has been selected as the 2018 Mayor of the Year.
Elected to the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2007, Moore originally served as an alderman-at-large before going on to serve as Franklin’s vice mayor in 2008. He was elected as the city’s mayor in 2011, but his service to the public began long before then.
After graduating from Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Moore served as a general medical officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., before continuing his training in orthopedics at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis.
During a more than 28-year career as an orthopedic surgeon, he has volunteered his time in countries including Guatemala, Bhutan, and Ethiopia, training other medical professionals and providing care to those who otherwise might go without. He has worked with organizations including the Shalom Foundation to provide free surgery for children in need and also helped establish an outpatient clinic with the organization.
Moore has served as president of the Tennessee Orthopedic Society, The Tennessee Hand Society, and The Clinical Orthopedic Society, the second oldest orthopedic society in America. He represented Tennessee to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Board of Councilors for eight years.
Moore moved to Franklin in 2003 and soon became involved in local organizations including the Franklin Rotary Club, Building Lives Foundation Board, TMA Group Board, Williamson County and Franklin Chamber of Commerce Board, and chairman of the Columbia State Foundation Board.
In his tenure as mayor, Moore has overseen a new campus of Columbia State Community College locating to Franklin, led the efforts to make Franklin a top 25 sustainable city, served as chair of the Middle Tennessee Mayor’s Caucus, and won the Leadership in Regional Thinking and Action Award at the Power of Ten Summit.
To combat issues including transit, economic development, and other issues, Moore has also served with groups including the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Authority, Executive Committee of the Regional Transit Authority, Executive Committee of the Greater Nashville Regional Council, and Executive Committee of the Mayors Caucus.
For Moore, the goal of his work as mayor is making sure his community has good schools and a high quality of life while still maintaining low taxes. He has also worked to make government more accessible to a wider variety of people, creating YouTube video segments known as “Moore with the Mayor” where he discusses everything from historical preservation to local events and festivals to arts and culture to healthy living to his own furry friends. His unique “State of the City” addresses never fail to both inform and entertain.
Franklin’s online presence under his leadership has also expanded to include social media posts and videos highlighting the behind-the-scenes work of municipal employees, educational videos about city issues and policies, and showcasing the lighter side of city leadership.
Married to his wife Linda since 1985, Moore is the father of five and grandfather of six. When he is not serving as his city’s mayor or as a local doctor, he can be found golfing, taking photographs, or teaching Sunday school at the Franklin First United Methodist Church.
The Tennessee Municipal League is a voluntary, cooperative organization established by the cities and towns of the state for mutual assistance and improvements. The League’s primary function is to advocate on behalf of city governments. TML works with the Tennessee General Assembly promoting legislation helpful to cities and opposing legislation harmful to cities.